This Introductory course is suitable for mental health professionals, mediators and lawyers. No previous experience or knowledge of parenting coordination is required. The following are covered: Roles and functions of the PC, high conflict families, sample Parenting Coordination Agreement, nuts and bolts of the process -- referrals/intake, facilitation, parent education, involvement of children and collateral sources, intimate partner violence and the implications for the PC process, relevant arbitration legislation and regulations, training requirements, arbitration procedures and writing of awards, professional guidelines, ethical issues and dilemmas, and more.
Parent conflict is the strongest predictor of child maltreatment post separation; conflict accounts for only 30% of child related outcomes leaving many other factors playing a key role in children’s adjustment. A half day of the training is devoted to an overview of the social science literature and research on important topics relevant to working with children and parents experiencing separation/divorce, including: the impact of separation/divorce on children/adolescents; risk/resiliency factors; consequences of parental and coparenting conflict on children and adolescents, and its impact on parenting and the quality of parent-child relationships; models of coparenting, parenting styles and effectiveness; the impact of parent adjustment fathering on child/adolescent adjustment; and, parent-child contact problems. One important function of the PC is parent education. The training includes parent education resources and methods for educating parents about this research.
Another half day is devoted to the “voice of the child” including a review of the social science literature on the risk of benefits of including children in dispute resolution process and a developmentally informed protocol for interviewing children in PC, mediation & custody/access assessment.
Registration Fee: $1275.00 + $165.75 (HST) = $1,440.75
(includes breakfast at 8:30am., lunch and health break refreshments)
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Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM. Dr. Fidler has worked with separating/divorcing families and high conflict parenting conducting assessments, professional consultations, mediation, arbitration, therapy and parenting coordination for over 30 years. She provides expert testimony and consultations to lawyers and mental health professionals. Dr. Fidler has presented at numerous conferences and trainings and delivers trainings to judges, lawyers and mental health professionals. She is author of many articles, chapters and four books: Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact, Emotional Harm & Parent Child Contact Problems, Child Custody Assessment & Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes. Dr. Fidler is a co-founder of Family Solutions and Families Moving Forward and maintains an independent practice. She sat on the AFCC committee responsible for developing Parenting Coordination Guidelines, is Past President of AFCC-O, and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Overcoming Barriers.